Vancouver city staff consulted Chinese government over bylaw to silence Falun Gong
The admission by city engineer Peter Judd stunned some city councillors Thursday
That admission by city engineer Peter Judd stunned some city councillors and drew a strong note of protest from a lawyer representing the Falun Gong, who said no foreign government should be consulted about issues that restrict people’s right to free speech.
“They are representatives of a foreign government and the issue we are discussing here is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how it applies in Canada and the right to free political expression on the part of Canadians,” Ansley said.
Asked Coun. David Cadman: “Is there any other bylaw that you can think of that we brought in that we would have consulted with a foreign government, a government that imprisons a Nobel laureate, that imprisons an artist that exhibits at the Tate? Why would we consult with them about our bylaw?”